The Mysterious Case of Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys

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For over 75 years, Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys have continued to reign as the pre-eminant teen detectives of young adult fiction. The two series, actually composed by numerous authors under one pen-name for each, contain hundreds of books and spin-offs, and have been beloved by generations of children. These books and their memorabilia have endured generational and cultural change since they were first published in the 1930s, and continue to be favourites of girls and boys all over the world. Carole Kismaric and Marvin Heiferman explore the genesis of the two series, their history and development through the years, and above all their cultural significance.

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